Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Jan. 15, 2003
Two suspected members of the outlawed Mungiki sect have been in a Nakuru court with 12 different counts of murder.
The offences were committed on January 5, this year when suspected members of the outlawed Mungiki sect visited terror on the residents of Nakuru town in the Rift Valley.
David Karanja Wanyoike and Nderitu Chuma Ngima were on Wednesday charged before the Nakuru Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Gladys Ndeda.
They have been accused of murdering of Bonface Shebasinya, Harun Chege, John Kamutu, Joash Ambani, Jackson Bunet, Bernard Kihika Kanyi, Patrick Maina Kiarie, Zachayo Chomba Gikinju, Peter Mwariri Ndirangu, Bernard Wamuru Mukuthi and Saul Andefunda Likuyi.
The two were not required to plead as consent to prosecute them had not been received from the Attorney General’s office. The case will be mentioned on January 29.
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The charging of the two suspects brings to 15 the number of people already facing murder charges of about 20 people.
Last week, immediate former Nakuru town Member of Parliament David Manyara and nine suspected Mungiki members appeared before the same court charged with 6 different counts of murder.
Meanwhile, five members of the sect were also arraigned before the same court separately charged with two different counts of preparing to commit murder.
Benson Waweru Nguru, Harun Ndirangu Gichuhi, Moses Ng’ang’a Mwaura, Paul Gathara Marekia and iddi Wanganga Gitau appeared before Mrs. Ndeda charged with preparing to commit murders in Mau Narok in Nakuru District on January 7, this year.
Marekia and Gitau also faced another charge of preparing to commit the same crime in Kabazi village in Nakuru District on January 8, this year.
The court heard that the accused had been found in possession of rungus and swords, which indicated their readiness to commit the crimes.
The accused were remanded in custody until February 13 when their case will be heard.